AJ expects 'violent chess match'

18 September 2018 01:56:33 GMTPlus10

Anthony Joshua believes this weekend's world title defence against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium will be like a "violent chess match".

The British heavyweight brings a 21-fight unbeaten record, along with his WBA 'super', IBF and WBO belts to the table when he squares off against fellow Olympic gold medallist Povetkin.

His Russian opponent has tasted defeat just once in his 35-fight professional career. That came against Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua freely admits that he has got to be at his best to win in London.

Ultimately as much as we think about winning, I think about losing.

Anthony Joshua

"It's a difficult fight when you are fighting someone like Povetkin, because it's like a game of chess," said the London 2012 champion.

"Violent chess, because they are waiting for you to make a move, so they can counter you.

"It's the person taking punches that loses energy. It isn't the one dishing out the punches so much, it's the one who keeps on taking the impact."

Joshua may remain undefeated in his professional career but he makes no secret of the fact that he certainly has contemplated the notion before.

He feels pressure to win, and to ensure there are no lapses in concentration at Wembley.

"Ultimately as much as we think about winning, I think about losing. I can't afford to lose," he added.

"This fight, the key to victory with me is relaxation, belief, having your energy reserves intact. I'm just trying to say I need to be a bit more effective, and sharp with my punches in this fight."

Joshua is 4.33 to win the fight during rounds four-to-six, while the bout is 3.75 to go the full distance and Povetkin is 7.00 to win.

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